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7 Reasons to Visit The Royal State of India: Rajasthan

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The beauty of Rajasthan is in the dunes, the energy in its vibrant folk songs, and the rich heritage in its forts and palaces. Some parts of Rajasthan seem lost in time, whereas certain areas capture the glitz and glamour of contemporary life to perfection.

There are many reasons to book the Rajasthan tour packages. The smooth sand dunes beneath the sparkling skies or wandering through the remains of a massive fort. Everything is unique in its own way. The joys of shopping for classic “jooti” or digging your mouth with “dal-baati” are as varied and intriguing as they seem. Here check out your reason to visit the Royal State of India, Rajasthan:

7Famous wildlife sanctuaries and national parks

Tiger sighting at Ramthambore

Rajasthan is home to wide variety of Indian species. The most famous sanctuary for wildlife worth visiting are Desert National Sanctuary in Jaisalmer and Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary. It allows visitors to enjoy walking safaris and horse riding. The National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary, Kota is very famous for Gharials. Also known as red crowned roof turtle.

If you are fond of national parks, then Ranthambore National Park should be your stop. It is an excellent spot to see wild tigers in their natural surroundings. Sariska National Park, Alwar, is another place worth visiting because of its large population of tigers. Discover wildlife in Rajasthan in the most authentic way.

6Fascinating Heritage Hotels

Scenes from Udaipur Lake Palace

Rajasthan has the most number of heritage hotels which provide you the chance to see the royal life in person and become familiar with the princely customs and traditions of this state. One of these historic hotels in the state is Rambagh Palace, Jaipur, which is often referred to as “Jewel of Jaipur.”

The sandstone is carved from golden yellow and adorned with luxury; The Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace located in Jodhpur provides a truly unforgettable experience. The only hotel that is unique and intriguing is the Lake Palace in Udaipur. Other famous heritage hotels include Fort Rajwada in Jaisalmer, Shiv Niwas Palace in Udaipur, and Khimsar Fort, Khimsar.

5Festivals and Dances

Cultural Activities at Pushkar Fair

The sheer number of fairs and festivals held in Rajasthan all through the year makes it one of the most renowned state for the culture of India. These celebrations of merrymaking are highlighted by lively dance and music performances. Turban-tying contests and races for camels, elephant polo, and other unique and exciting activities draw tourist crowds in huge numbers.

The most well-known dances from Rajasthan that have earned international recognition include the Ghoomar dance of Udaipur along with the Kalbeliya dance from Jaisalmer. The other famous cultural activities are Kathputli, Bhopa, Chang, Teratali, etc. The most popular fairs in the state are Marwar Festival, Pushkar Fair, Bikaner Camel Festival, Bundi Festival, and Mewar Fair.

4Desert Safari

Desert Safari Rides

An ideal place to experience the magic of desert safari is Jaisalmer, where you can also enjoy the annual Jaisalmer Desert Festival. Camping under the dazzling stars and calmness of desert when interrupted by the whispering breeze is an unforgettable experience! Another way to experience the vibrant and diverse Rajasthani folk culture is by participating in festivals like the Desert Festival, which is typically held from January to February each year.

3Vibrant Cities

Jaipur Pink City
Patrika Gate, Jaipur

Rajasthan is the most significant state in India as home to the most number of lively cities. Jaipur named as the “Pink City,” and the capital city of Rajasthan is well-known for its palaces and forts. Some of the famous ones are Amer Fort, Hawa Mahal, etc.

Udaipur is also famous for its sparkling lakes, such as Lake Pichola, and wonders such as Taj Lake Palace, besides being a shopper’s paradise. Kota is known for its Jagmandir Palace, Kota Barrage as well as Chambal gardens in addition to its famous “Kota ki Kachori.” Then, Jaisalmer offers a rare opportunity to camp under the stars in nights accompanying the dunes of sand.

2Authentic Culture

Scrumptious Laal Maas

There is no doubt that Rajasthan is among the top states for culture in India. The residents are dressed in vibrant costumes known as “angarakha” and “Ghaghara.” The cuisine of the state include things such as buttermilk “khud khargosh” (rabbit meat), “dal baati churma,” “gatte ki sabzi,” “laal maas” and so on.

The primary occupation for the people from Rajasthan as well describes the culture of the state. The most commonly cultivated crops are wheat, bajra, pulses, etc. Not only this, Rajasthan also matches itself with the world. The modern side of the state, which is evident in the lavish malls, parks, and many more.

1Perfect Stop for Shopping

Shopping Streets of Rajasthan

The most desirable places to shop within India is Rajasthan. It is because shopping here is also about experiencing the historical aspect of the town. For handicrafts, ethnic handlooms, and artifacts, no place is more enchanting than Jaipur. The most popular locations include Johari Bazar and Bapu Bazar. Jodhpur is the ideal place to shop for things that range from antiques to jewellery. Clock Tower Market and Nai Sarak are two of the most popular alternatives.

Hathi Pol Bazar, famous for its Rajasthani miniature paintings. Bada Bazar in Udaipur displays an array of exotic goods. Another popular place to shop is Sadar Bazar in Pushkar, where you can find leatherware, puppets, textiles and many more.

Places become touristic for their reasons to visit and Rajasthan perfectly defines to be the same. So when are you planning your trip to the royal state of Rajasthan??

Happy Traveling!!

Udaipur- Lake, Lake Palace and more

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Nested on the shores of the stunning Lake Pichola and surrounded by the rustic Aravali ranges, Udaipur presents you the setting unmatched anywhere in India. It is the place that offers the calmness of a boat ride along with hustle-bustle of the market. The magnanimity of the palaces with the simplicity of street food and quaint old-world feel hotels with all the modern amenities. A perfect selection for the architecture and culture related travel activity.

Padharo Mhare Des…

Udaipur’s skyline offers a pretty romantic setting, right from the time you set your foot in the city. Fantastical palaces and havelis perched upon the banks of the man made lakes makes the city stand out in comparison with other cities of Rajasthan. Here are the list of things one can indulge in on their visit to the City of Lakes.

A Mural depicting Battle of Haldighati at Udaipur Railway Station

Experience the Royal aura at Taj Lake Palace

Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur

Taj Lake Palace, as the name strikes, visuals of a grand building floating in the middle of the lake will appear before your eyes. 

A grand welcome with a shower of rose petals and platter of refreshments is just the tip of the iceberg of the grand treatment to be followed.

Built as a pleasure palace by Maharana Jagat Singh II in the year 1766, the palace oozes grandness from every nook and corner. 

Magnificent courtyards, intricate architecture and elaborate interiors leave you in awe as you walk past them sipping on the finest of wines from the hotel bar, “Amrit Sagar”.

The restaurants Bhairo and Jharokha offer the most stunning views of the lake Pichola and the city palace as you indulge in the finest Continental and Rajasthani cuisine in the respective restaurants.

Spend your evenings enjoying the beautiful cultural dance and music performances in the King’s Courtyard. The grace and the swirl of the performers will leave you spellbound. That’s Incredible India for you!

Enjoy the Sunset Boat Ride with Surreal Shades of skies

Known as the Venice of the East, Udaipur is home to 7 artificial lakes created across the city. The best way to enjoy the beauty of the lakes is by taking a boat ride.

City Palace at Dawn

Boating in the lake is open from morning 9.00 AM till evening at 6.00 PM, from the city palace. The best time to take the ride is around 5.00 PM, just before the sun is about to set, as you get the best shades of the skies during that time. 

A pretty Venice-esque bridge

The boat ride would make a pit stop at the gorgeous Jag Mandir, the recreational palace of the king, and is also known to be the inspiration of the wonder called Taj Mahal. Of late, the palace is gaining popularity as the most sought-after “Wedding Destination.”

The Scintillating Jag Mandir

From celebrities to industrialists to Hollywood stars, many have tied their Nuptial Knot at this very place. Besides this, Jag Mandir offers a marvellous view of the City Palace and Taj Lake Palace, shining brightly under the setting sun.

Get awed by the Grandeur of City Palace

Front View of the Palace

The City Palace of Udaipur is the largest palace of Rajasthan and 2nd largest Palace of India after Mysore Palace. The construction of this humongous palace was spread across 400 years and 21 generations of rulers.

City Palace from Lake Pichola

However, most significant contributions to the palace can be credited to Maharana Jagatsingh II and Maharana Fatehsingh.  The quarters within the palace are interlinked through a number of courtyards and corridors and are planned in a way to avoid surprise enemy attacks. 

The palace offers a splendid view of the Lake Pichola on one side and Udaipur city on the other side through the beautiful and colourful windows. And the post-sunset view of the palace is worth dying for.

Witness the amazing sunset at Sajjangarh Palace

Sitting on top of the hill, Sajjangarh Palace offers the best sunset view in Udaipur. Known as the Monsoon Palace, it was chiefly built to overlook the monsoon clouds and hence derived its name. The fort offers a panoramic view of the city’s lakes, palaces and the countryside.

Amazing sunset from Sajjangarh Palace

But the USP of the place is mesmerizing sunset from the top of the palace. Overlooking the gorgeous Aravali ranges, observe the skies as they change the colour with each passing moment as the sun moves down towards the horizon.

Soothe your soul with lip smacking food

Udaipur is a food lover’s paradise. Rich in taste and extremely flavorful, the food takes you to another level of gastronomical pleasure. 

Start your day with the amazing Kachoris, a flattened ball made of flour stuffed with either onion or moong dal. A tasty and heavy breakfast that will give you the energy to get through the first half of the day.

Traditional Lunch at Udaipur

After the Kachoris you savoured in the morning are digested by the juices in your stomach, satiate your belly with the signature Dal Baati Churma. Soft and round Baatis, made from wheat flour and baked in clay oven, are served with Dal made from mixed lentils. The Baatis then crushed and poured with Dal, topped with dollops of ghee are to be savoured using your hands. It is a must try dish, recommended place in Udaipur is Krishna Dal Baati Centre.

Enjoy the Mirchi Wadas and Bread Pakodas at Manak Lalji in the evening, while sipping hot masala tea from kullads(earthen cups). It is nothing less than Nirvana.


Spicy red mutton curry full of spices and oozing with the aroma at Udaipur

After hogging all through the day, as the lights sparkle all across Udaipur, dent your teeth in the delicious Lal Maas. A spicy red mutton curry full of spices and oozing with the aroma, while viewing the lovely city glow by the lakeside, ending a lovely foodie day. When in Varanasi, check out the food culture of the city.

Unleash the shopping monster at local market

Just like another tourist place, Udaipur boasts a local market where you can unleash your shopping monster.

Choose from a wide range of souvenirs, clothes, artefacts, footwear, home decor items and traditional crafts work at the Hathi Pole Market. The market is so colourful, that it will tempt you to purchase everything available on sale.   

With so much to offer, Udaipur is an ideal place to spend your vacation. Plan your next trip to Udaipur and get amazed by the royalty, the beauty and the calm of this lovely little place.

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9 reasons why Pushkar Mela is must visit once a lifetime

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The very known Pushkar Mela is celebrated every year in the month of October- November, around full moon night of Hindu month Kartik or the Kartik Purnima. The seven day long fair is a preparation of months and attracts masses of tourists from all around the world.

Pushkar Mela has various reasons that make it world famous.

1. Largest camel trading fair in the world:

Pushkar Mela: Largest camel trading fair in the world:
Pushkar Mela: Largest camel trading fair in the world:

Nomads, herders and visitors come together here in large numbers for buying and selling livestock. Not only camel but it is the market for the trading of all kinds of livestock. This would be the only one-time experience to see thousands of camels and cattle together at a place like this.

2. Dive into different colors of hot air balloons:

hot air balloons in Pushkar Mela
hot air balloons in Pushkar Mela

Numbers and vibrant colors of hot air balloons will give your eyes an amazing view in both the ways, either while flying in one or viewing it all on the deserts of Pushkar city. It is great to have a panoramic view of that pretty cultural crowd from one of those balloons. Also a must activity to collect wonders in your camera.

3. Unusual and bizarre competitions:

Unusual and bizarre competitions in pushkar mela

You will feel weird about yourself knowing about the competitions that take place here at Pushkar Mela. The longest mustaches competition, turban tying, ‘matki phod’ are some of them. These will gift you unforgetful memories for your lifetime.

4. Collection of some new items for shopaholics:

new items to shop at pushkar mela

The place is enormous for buying and filling your bags with colorful Rajasthani souvenirs. Those colored ‘ghagra –choli’, ‘pagdis’ and ‘juttis’ will definitely catch your eyes and help you prepare for the coming festive seasons.

5. Fusions of band performances:

Fusions of band performances at pushkar mela

Hey there all music lovers, the place can surprise you with many world famous band performers, performing with cultural fusion here. Well-known artists and performers from all corners of the world reach out at Pushkar Fair for live band shows with full on fusions.

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6. Camel- cart ride:

Camel-cart ride at pushkar mela

Do go for a camel ride or beautifully decorated camel- cart ride here. It will give you the touch of kings and queens from ancient. And the camel ride in deserts is never a ‘no’.

7. Finest Rajasthani Cuisine:

Finest Rajasthani Cuisine at pushkar mela

Also not a disappointment for the ‘foodie’ inside you. This is a one hand opportunity for you to please your taste buds with all sorts of Rajasthani cuisine. Kachori, Churma and many more are must try at the fair.

8. Desert Camping:

Desert camping at pushkar mela

Camping is a forever fun and then night under the stars on the cold dusky desert is an ad on for enjoyment. Groups dancing, singing and staying together will be everlasting in your hearts.

9. A composition of Culture:

Composition of Culture at pushkar mela

Rajasthan is full of immense pleasurable activities and the Pushkar Mela is the place where it comes all together. Puppet shows, ‘kalbeliyas’, desert kite flying and many more. You get chance here to be the part of it. It is the event you can touch the originality of Rajasthan.

So if this is your first trip, do read our article “Tips, Advice & Plannings for your first trip

Professional Travel Blogger and founder of The Ghumakkads. Bhawna Mohinani is graduate in Mass Communication & Postgraduate in Travel and Tourism Management.

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